Rob Smith (Irish musician)
Rob Smith (born Robert Smith in September 29 1982) is a singer/songwriter and former street busker based in Ireland. In 2004, his home recordings got massive amounts of radio airplay in Ireland. He has performed at some of the most pretigious venues around Ireland and Europe. His musical influences include the Stone Roses and Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher and has been favourably compared to these artists in Irish press, both magazines and newspapers. Inspired by Paul Weller's 2001 acoustic tour, he almost always plays his gigs solo and acoustic despite his recorded music being a full band electric sound.
Rob Smith said in a radio interview in 2007 that he rejected a record deal with a "well known UK based record label". He has never explained his reasons for this. He currently releases material under his own Cocklebob Recordings label. Rob Smith surprised thousands of festival go-ers by performing admirally while acting Cressa, a spare member of the Stone Roses in his good friends, The Stone Roses Experience's slot at the Witnness Festival in 2003. He is also friends with Digsy Deary - known for being immortalised by Noel Gallagher in the song "Digsy's Dinner", and has performed with Digsy several times in Ireland.
On March 5th 2008, he released his second single "Out In The Sunshine" as a download only single in support of his album called Throwing It All Away due out the same month on his own Cocklebob Recordings label.
Soul Shaker 2007 18 (Ireland Combined Charts)
Out In The Sunshine 2008
The Soul Shaker LP 2004
Throwing It All Away 2008
He currently lives in Terenure in Dublin. Home of fellow Irish artists The Coronas and Republic Of Loose.
He is an avid fan of FC Barcelona and attends games in Camp Nou a couple of times a season. He has also worn a FC Barcelona shirt live onstage at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin as well as onstage in The Cavern Club in Liverpool.
Rob Smith at NME.com
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